Dunn wins medal at European championships

Alex Dunn won all three doubles matches at the European Juniors.
Alex Dunn won all three doubles matches at the European Juniors.

Motherwell’s Alex Dunn has guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal at the European junior championships in Poland.

The teenager and playing partner Adam Hall, from Mauchline, reached the last four of the under-19 boys’ doubles in Lubin with a quarter-final win over French third seeds Toma Popov and Thomas Vallez in Lubin.

Next up is a tougher test tonight (Friday) against second seeds Alexander Bond and Joel Eipe of Denmark tonight.

Dunn and Hall, returing to the scene of their triumph at the Polish Junior Championships earlier this year, opened with a quickfire victory over Panagiotis Botelis and Asimakis Vlahopoulos of Greece and then beat Germany’s David Peng and Jan Colin Volker .

Their success provided some consolation for Dunn who went out of the singles at the first hurdle.

An unkind draw paired the youngster with Denmark’s joint fifth seed Anders Antonsen who beat him 21-9 21-14.

The individual events followed the team competition in which Dunn again enjoyed ups and downs.

The teenager won all three of his doubles matches with Hall but lost two of his three matches in the singles.

Dunn helped Scotland off to a winning start as they beat Bulgaria 5-0 in their group opener.

He defeated Dimitar Yanakiev in the singles and then returned to court with Hall to win their doubles against Daniel Nikolov and Ivan Panev in just 19 minutes.

Next up was a match against Slovenia where Dunn found Martin Cerkovnik too strong, but he and Hall defeated Ivanic and Andraz Krapez 20-22 21-15 21-10 to give the Scots an unassailable lead in the match.

That set up a decider with group favourites France and once again Dunn found the going tough in his singles encounter which he lost 21-10 21-7 to Vincent Median.

However there was consolation in the doubles when Dunn and Hall defeated Toma Popov and Thomas Vallez to become the only players to take a contest off the French in the group stages.